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COVID-19 and Transplant Recipients

On July 8, 2021 the American Society of Transplantation released updated guidance for COVID-19 vaccination in transplant recipients.

The United Network for Organ Sharing has amassed information for transplant patients and professionals in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please check back frequently as the page will be updated to include developments as they become available.

You can learn more about COVID-19 on the Centers for Disease Control Website.

Let’s Talk Transplant

Learn 10 Common Misconceptions about Organ Donation and Transplantation

The Organ Procurement and Transplant Network website allows for a quick search of U.S. transplant clinics near you.

Scroll to the bottom of this page for informative resources and research regarding renal transplants.

To be connected with an individual who has successfully undergone kidney transplant surgery, contact us.

Interested in becoming a living donor? This insightful Los Angeles Times op-ed explains why one individual chose to give the Gift of Life.

Hospital Bed via UNSPLASH

Meet Some Living Donor Kidney Recipients

Submit your transplant story and photos to [email protected] with a note authorizing ASF to share!

Hear from dialysis/transplant patients and a Transplant Coordinator:


Share Your Story

Share your story – through your social media page or ask ASF for more information about sharing your story more widely through its communication channels to inspire others.



Serve as a Patient Ambassador to Help Others Facing Renal Transplant

Be trained to speak with patients or parents to provide support and resources. To apply, contact us.

Meet Alport patient Zac, age 29, and his his living kidney donor, Mike:

The following resources can answer common questions patients and family members have about kidney transplantation:

Alliance for Paired Donation
Alliance for Paired Donation is one of many organizations that facilitate kidney paired donations.

Alliance affiliated centers:

American Association of Kidney Patients
This simple yet thorough explanation of the transplant process was written by transplant nurses.

California Pacific Medical Center
This is an outstanding resource for potential kidney transplant patients, regardless of where they plan to have a transplant.

Donate Life America
Donate Life America is a not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and local coalitions across the United States dedicated to inspiring all people to save and enhance lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

ESRD Networks
The Forum for ESRD (End-stage Renal Disease) Networks advocates for organizations that monitor the quality of CKD, dialysis, and kidney transplant care in the US.

European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association — European Renal Care Association
The European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA) was established in 1971 to address the special needs of nurses and other professionals that treat patients suffering from renal failure.

Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies
The Guide to Living Donation page discusses the needs, benefits, and risks of living organ transplants, and includes a comprehensive glossary of important terms to know. It also breaks down who can become a living organ donor and the physical and psychological considerations to think about when making this commitment.

Living Kidney Donors Network
The Living Kidney Donors Network (LKDN) is a not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to educate people who need a kidney transplant about the living donation process and to prepare them to effectively communicate their need to family members and friends. LKDN’s “Having Your Donor Find You” educational video series provides information on self-advocacy, spreading awareness, social media tips, the organ matching process, and more.

Mayo Clinic — Transplant Diagnosis  and Treatment  Information
Mayo Clinic doctors perform more than 1,100 transplants a year, making it the largest transplant program in the United States.

Medicare’s official website outlines coverage for those who receive a renal transplant.

National Kidney Registry
The National Kidney Registry (NKR) finds better matches with better long-term outcomes for kidney recipients with the largest pool of living donors across 85 transplant centers in the United States.
NKR affiliated centers:

National Foundation for Transplants
The National Foundation for Transplants is dedicated to helping patients overcome financial hurdles in receiving a life-saving transplant, and the follow up treatment and medications essential to their continued health.

Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients
SRTR supports the transplant community with statistical analyses to improve patient outcomes.

Transplant Living
Transplant Living is a project of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a nonprofit organization that maintains the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) under contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A Pediatric section is provided.

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
The United Network for Organ Sharing is the leader in the field of transplantation data and research whose mission is to advance organ availability and transplantation by uniting and supporting its communities for the benefit of patients through education, technology and policy development.

Renal Transplant Published Research:

De Novo Malignancies after Kidney Transplantation
Al-Adra, David et al.
CJASN, March 2021.

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